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Papaya Milkshake Recipe

This Papaya Milkshake Will Make You Feel Like You're on a Caribbean Island

The following post was originally featured on Smart Little Cookie and written by Vanessa Mota, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina.

Today, I am filled with joy. Not only because Spring is finally very, very near, but because a lot of great things have happened in the past few weeks. I got a new job! Not only that, with only three months writing this blog, I have already began to see it reach people. I am so grateful for all these blessings. Life is good.

On another note, this weather though!

Winter is finally gone, unlike in Game of Thrones, where Winter is always coming.

Spring is finally here! Yes, I know. The weather could still be better, but after the brutal Winter we had, this really feels like heaven.

It seriously felt like a very long Winter, and to celebrate that the weather has finally started to warmed up a tiny bit, I made this delicious papaya milkshake.

During times of warm weather, I love making fruity smoothies and the papaya milkshake is one of my favorites.

Papaya, or lechoza, as it is known in the Dominican Republic, is a tropical fruit from Central America and the Caribbean. The papaya milkshake (batido de lechoza) is a very popular drink in the Dominican Republic, where papaya is found in literally every market and vendor's cart.

The fruit is also great to eat on its own, although I must admit I prefer the milkshake. It brings back beautiful memories from my childhood, when my wonderful late aunt would make my cousins and I papaya milkshakes to have with cheese sandwiches for a yummy, refreshing, and very filling after-school snack. Great times those were!

One thing I've realized after starting this blog is how all of my favorite foods are related to a beautiful memory from my past. Maybe that's one of the reasons I enjoy food so much. Food makes me happy. This blog makes me happy. And to know that there are people who read my little stories and enjoy my recipes, makes me even happier.

So thank you! Let's continue on this journey of remembrance and love for food together.

Papaya Milkshake (Batido de Lechoza)

From Smart Little Cookie


Fruity and refreshing, the perfect springtime smoothie that everyone will love.

Papaya Milkshake Recipe


  1. 2 cups fresh papaya, cubed
    1 (12 ounces) can Carnation milk
    4 tablespoons of sugar, plus more if needed
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1-2 cups of ice


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix on high until the ice is well blended. Try, and add more sugar if desired, and blend for an additional minute.
  2. Serve immediately.
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